The Drug Crimes Strike Force will work with local law enforcement to battle Mexico-based drug cartels and gangs
Attorney General John Kroger today announced that Oregon has received a $1.5 million federal grant to create a drug crimes task force at the Oregon Department of Justice.
"I'd like to thank U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for providing the resources for Oregon to go after sophisticated drug traffickers," Attorney General Kroger said. "I also appreciate the support of Sens. Wyden and Merkley, who helped us obtain this important grant."
The Oregon Department of Justice's Criminal Justice Division investigates and prosecutes complex drug trafficking and racketeering cases, as well as violent crime, public corruption and the sexual exploitation of children.
A major focus of the Criminal Justice Division is Mexico-based Drug Trafficking Organizations, which dominate the methamphetmine, cocaine and heroin importation and distribution trade. In June, Attorney General Kroger announced Operation Corridor Express, the largest drug racketeering case ever prosecuted in the Oregon court system. The investigation and subsequent indictments broke up two Drug Trafficking Organizations - one based on Washington County and one based on Clackamas County - that distributed major amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and other drugs throughout the Willamette Valley.
The new $1,531,744 federal grant will allow the Department of Justice to hire two new prosecutors, two new investigators and a new analyst who make up the core of a multi-agency Drug Crimes Strike Force. The new Drug Crimes Strike Force will work with drug and gang investigators, local police and district attorneys. The team will initiate new cases, enhance investigations and pursue arrests and convictions.
The Drug Crimes Strike Force will work with the Oregon High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area board, the Oregon Sheriffs' Association, the Oregon Police Chiefs' Association and the Oregon District Attorneys' Association.
The grant application was handled by Assistant Attorney General Donna Maddux.
Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.
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